Installing Hardwood on a Stair Landing

Written by adam raphael
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If you have a carpeted staircase with a landing in the middle, you will experience a challenge in installing seamless hardwood between the steps and the landing if you decide to rip out the carpeting. There's an easy way to get around this challenge, though, and it only requires a few tools and materials available at hardware stores. One indispensable item is stair nosing, which will create a uniform flow between the steps and landing flooring.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Hardwood tongue-and-groove slats
  • Table saw
  • Stair nosing
  • Nail gun
  • Mallet
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of the landing with a measuring tape.

  2. 2

    Cut wooden tongue-and-groove slats to the length of the landing, using a table saw.

  3. 3

    Cut the stair nosing to the same length as the slats, using the table saw.

  4. 4

    Attach the hardwood at the front edge of the landing. Place the stair nosing in place at this edge with the groove facing in toward the wall.

  5. 5

    Secure the nosing in place with a nail gun and insert the nails at an angle so they are offset.

  6. 6

    Lay the panels along the landing after the nosing. Push each tongue into the preceding panel’s groove. Use a mallet to bang the panels together tightly.

  7. 7

    Nail the panels in place along the seams between the panels, using a nail gun.

  8. 8

    Cut the width of the last panel so it fits in between the second-to-last panel and the wall.

  9. 9

    Cover the nail depressions with wood putty and sand smooth.

  10. 10

    Stain the landing to match the stairs around it, using a paintbrush.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to stain the stairs at the same time you stain the landing for an even finish.
  • Make sure the landing and stairs are level and safe before finishing them.

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